On top of that, parcelforce are demanding £13.50 "clearance fee", in other words just because they can.
i have found out out that the boots were actually made in Italy, and therefore V.A.T has already been paid on them once.
THerefore, the V.A.T i was supposed to pay is not justified, and therefore neither is the parcelforce clearance fee.
The invoice demanding this money says that i have to pay and then argue later, or else they will be returned to sender.
so…how do i get MY money back.?
[size=18]To find the duty percentage for your item[/size]
Look up the item's category on the European TARIC website.
The amount of duty to be paid is the percentage multiplied by the cost / value of the item including any shipping costs.
eg: if your item is valued at £100 including shipping, and your duty rate is 10%, then the duty to be paid is £100 x 0.10 = £10
This is charged at the normal UK rate (ie 20% for most things) on the total cost / value of the item including shipping and Import Duty.
So to use the example above, £110 x 0.20 = £22
So the total cost of your item will be £132, potentially plus a handling fee.
No Import VAT on items sent from within the EU.
There is Import VAT on items sent from anywhere else in the World, or one of the EU 'Special Territories' (The Aland Islands (Finland), The Canary Islands (Spain), The Channel Islands (UK), The French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Reunion, and Mount Athos also known as Agion Poros (Greece))
Customs Duty is only payable on goods from outside the EU over a certain value:
£0.01 to £15 - No customs duty / No Import VAT
£15.01 to £135 - No customs duty / Import VAT due
£135.01 and greater - Customs duty due, but waived if the amount calculated due is less than £9 / Import VAT due